Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 25th Feb 2013 14:15 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes "LG said today it was acquiring WebOS from Hewlett-Packard, with the intention to use the operating system not for its mobile phones, but in its smart televisions. With the deal, LG obtains the source code for WebOS, related documentation, engineering talent, and related WebOS Web sites. LG also gets HP licenses for use with its WebOS products, and patents HP obtained from Palm. The financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed." Completely and utterly pointless. Smart TVs are a dead end. The TV should just remain a dumb receiver for input - whether from a computer or console via cables, or wirelessly from a smartphone or tablet. Our phones and tablets are already smart so TVs don't have to be.
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The protocol doesn't have to be wireless specific. You can hook up the TV to a router using UTP and have your phone connect to it via wifi over your LAN. I can see the point in having the TV be a layer 2 switch, with maybe some USB ports and other connectors (power over ethernet device or what not), heck, even give it one or more cameras and/or a microphone. These things do not age as fast as silicon-smart. An expensive phone now is cheaper and easier to control (remote controls still aren't that great) than the surpluss one has to pay for making the TV smart.

Edited 2013-02-25 18:50 UTC

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